20304 W. White Tank Mountain
Waddell, AZ 85355
Most of the park is made up of
the rugged and beautiful White Tank Mountains on the
Valleys west side. The range, deeply serrated with
ridges and canyons, rises sharply from its base to
peak at over 4,000 feet.
Infrequent heavy rains cause
flash floodwaters to plunge through the canyons and
pour onto the plain. These torrential flows, pouring
down chutes and dropping off ledges, have scoured
out a series of depressions, or tanks, in the white
granite rock below, thus giving the mountains their
archeological sites, occupied during the time period
A.D. 500-1100, were located within the boundaries of
White Tank Mountain Regional Park. All of these
sites can be attributed to the Hohokam Indians. The
White Tanks were apparently abandoned by the Hohokam
about A.D. 1100.
is no further indication of human occupation until
the historic period, when the Western Yavapai
controlled the area. Due to the ruggedness of the
terrain and the difficulty of obtaining water, sites
in the White Tank Mountains were restricted to large
canyons leading out of the mountains on the east,
north and probably west.
pecked hundreds of figures and symbols on the rock
faces of the White Tank Mountains. Some may approach
10,000 years old. All have withstood sun, rain, and
vandals for 700 or 800 years or more.
Rock Trail circles through a Hohokam village site,
though the pit houses and trash mounds are hidden to
all but the trained eye of an archeologist.
group of rock-art panels is along the Waterfall
Canyon Trail at "Petroglyph Plaza". Another big
group is near the entrance to the box canyon that
gives the trail its name.
How to get there:
From central Phoenix, take I -10 west 18 miles to
Hwy 303. North on Hwy 303 to Olive. West 4 miles on
Olive to the White Tank Mountain Regional Park
- 365 days a year
White Tank Mountain Regional Park
offers 240 picnic tables with grills, 80 of which
have a small cover.
Eleven Group Picnic Sites
are available for large groups. These ramadas can be
reserved for a fee in four-hour increments. If not
marked as reserved, they are available on a
first-come, first-served basis.
Area 3 -
located near the White Tank Visitor Center. Two,
four-table ramadas, three large barbeque grills,
an activity court, a fire ring, restroom
facilities, and parking for approximately 20
Area 4 -
located across the Black Rock Loop Trailhead.
Six, four-table ramadas, seven grills, three
activity courts, three fire rings, a playground,
and restroom facilities.
Area 7 -
located at the Waddell/Mesquite Trailhead. This
area is great for weddings or receptions because
of the beautiful mountain backdrop and desert
landscaping. Area 7 also offers an Amphitheater
with four benches. Three, two-table ramadas, six
grills, one fire ring, and restroom facilities.